The Year of the Monkey officially arrives on 8 February, when millions of people around the world will celebrate the arrival of Chinese New Year. One of the world’s biggest celebrations, Chinese New Year sees the whole of China take a week off work for Golden Week, which is spent with family and friends, welcoming in the New Year through feasting and merry making.

Chinese New Year is also celebrated in many other countries around the world, with major cities hosting grand parades, with lion dances, fireworks, martial arts demonstrations, music and more. In the UK, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Sheffield and Newcastle are among the cities known for their lively and colourful Chinese New Year celebrations.

To join in the party, check locally for details of events near you on or around 8 February. But don’t worry if there’s nothing going on in your city, you can always enjoy your own Chinese New Year celebration in your Collegiate property. Why not get together with fellow residents to cook up a storm and honour some of China’s tastiest exports? Collegiate’s fully equipped kitchens ensure that residents can experiment with creating authentic Chinese flavours from the comfort of their home. Brook Studios in Birmingham even has an Asian supermarket on the ground floor for the ultimate Chinese New Year convenience.

As the big day approaches, why not dress up your property’s dinner party room, common room or club lounge with paper lanterns and streamers to start building the atmosphere? And of course if you don’t fancy cooking your own Chinese feast you could always order one in – but remember to check that your local Chinese restaurant will be open, as the staff may well be out partying on the 8th!

Finally, remember to check your property’s Facebook page for the latest details of events and celebrations being held in your local area.

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